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Self Preservation In An Atomic Attack

Published 1950

Soldiers prepare themselves, just in case the big one hits.

Run time 17:41
Sponsor Armed Forces Special Weapons Project
Audio/Visual sound, b/w


Reviewer: Mersh - - June 4, 2010
Subject: How to get the mpeg1 file
The mpeg1 file is missing the file extension (.mpeg) and so when you try to click on the link, your browser may try to open it as a folder, which won't work.

Go to the "all files" link ( where you'll see another file just called "preserve" - this is the mpeg file, just has no extension. RIGHT-click the "preserve" link, and save the file as or save the link as "preserve.mpg" and it will download fine and be playable on your system.
Reviewer: dog from Nightwatch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2009
Subject: Well done and still has an importaint message for today.
A better than average "training film" for servicemen which has some usefull information for everyone on what to do in case of an atomic atack.
Reviewer: Mark January - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2006
Subject: "How much whiskey'll it take to knock a guy on his ear?"
The blurb for this movie is slightly wrong; there is only one solidier (a Master Sergeant). The new recruits in the movie represent the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps (I guess the Coast Guard couldn't make it). A more likeable cast than I've seen in civilian civil defense movies.

Features some very impressive (for the time) special effects involving actual US atomic test footage edited into a tabletop model of a coastal city. Quite a suprise for a military training film from 1950. Other than that, your standard "brush the fallout off and proceed as normal." But definately not a disappointment if you're into this kind of thing. Cheery theme music, too.
Reviewer: cry0fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2005
Subject: excellent. good production values, "Evil Eye Fleegle," etc
lots of bonhomie guy talk. Meant for an audience of servicemen, I would imagine. Someone noted that this film has a reference to and depicts briefly a cartoon character named "Evil Eye Fleegle." Well, I googled him, and it turns out he was a villain in the comic strip L'il Abner.

Anyway, they spent some money on this film. They have a neat little tabletop model of a city, too.
Reviewer: scrounge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: CYA boys
A confident sargeant discusses tips for surviving a nuclear bomb attack. At one point when the sarge informs him he'd be dead if he didn't have the cover, the serviceman got uneasy, so the sarge replies "So what. .. a safe might fall on your head". An interesting reference to evil-eye fliegel (whoever he was), and very cool special f/x for the day. A couple times the sarge describes the defensive measures as being "about the same" as bomb raids in WWII. Also depictions of the enemy being subliminally called a chicken as the bomb is referred to as an "egg".
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2005
Subject: A Fowl Movie
Interesting hybrid of Atomic scare film with Daddy-O lingo interspersed in. We at first view the aftereffects of Hiroshima, then in a clever twist, the film breaks! Ah, but it's a movie within a movie, something we don't see a lot in Prelinger land. While the projectionist fixes it, the team leader or whoever this guy was, lays it in to the 3 guys assembled for the film (and why were they there in the first place?). A GREAT dialogue takes place of what happens when "the egg" might fall, ("That would be some omelette!") (Curiously, there's a lot of fowl mentions in this movie too ("Your goose is cooked!"). Then it somewhat goes into standard what to do when the big one hits. There's some amazing special effects here too. I would say this is quite a notch above your normal nucular awareness film.
Reviewer: Violet Red Bile - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2004
Subject: Fun...
Just use your head and you have good chances to survive an A-bomb attack. Yeah, right. Anyway, the film is a good depiction of the thinking at the time of its making. And such good punch lines:"Just the right spot for the enemy to lay an egg... an atomic egg! What an omelette that would make!" Hilarious... You're killing me...
Something wrong with the MPEG1-version. MPEG4-256 worked OK.
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